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May 9, 2023

This week we will discuss HIV and Congenital Heart Defects.  Seem like an unlikely pair? 

First we dive deep into the world of congenital heart defects, specifically focusing on the rare and life-altering condition known as Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA). Our special guest, Derek Canas, has not only lived with this complex heart defect but has also experienced firsthand the consequences of a tainted blood transfusion in the 1970s, before routine screening for diseases in blood was standard practice. This led to a devastating HIV diagnosis, forever changing Derek's life.

Derek Canas

Join us as we hear Derek's incredible journey of perseverance, strength, and advocacy, while also learning about the challenges that came with living with TGA and managing HIV in a time of great stigma and limited medical knowledge. This is a story you don't want to miss, so stay tuned for a heartrending and enlightening conversation.